New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former speaker of sex assault

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CHICAGO (AP) _ An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case.

The Chicago Tribune ( ) reports the lawsuit was filed in a suburban Chicago court by a man using the pseudonym Richard Doe.

The accuser says Hastert sexually abused him in a bathroom stall in the 1970s in Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach. Previous accusers had been in high school.

Hastert’s attorney didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

The 75-year-old Hastert has nearly completed a 15-month sentence for breaking banking law in trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim.

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